Award-winning filmmaker Stuart Wahlin reopens a series of unsolved ax murders that gripped the nation's heartland with terror more than a hundred years ago. Although the Villisca (Iowa) ax murders have gained much attention from paranormal thrill-seekers in recent years, "The Ax Man Enigma" makes a compelling argument tying the murders of six children and two adults to eerily-similar crime scenes throughout the Midwest. The film suggests a lone 'Ax Man' took dozens of lives before disappearing after a two-year rampage.
"Slay Utterly" was originally cast in 2013, featuring all Chicago-area actors. These are the actors you'll see interviewed in the documentary. Unfortunately, having an all-local cast proved difficult when it came to fundraising and generating investment interest. Faced with either abandoning the production, or trying a new approach, a difficult decision was made to recast the film, and later part ways with its producers. Still, we hope to keep as many Chicago actors in "Slay Utterly" as possible. They will be working alongside indie horror icons Bill Oberst. Jr. and Melantha Blackthorne.